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Reconciliation Pole installed at UBC

Reconciliation Pole installed at UBC

April 4, 2017 – The day started out under a bank of rain clouds at the University of British Columbia and ended with a Haida totem pole being raised under sunshine to the cheers of thousands. On April 1st, Reconciliation Pole, as it’s officially known, a 55-foot red cedar pole carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James […]

Haida canoe installed at UBC

Haida canoe installed at UBC

November 24, 2016 – The Haida Looplex X canoe was recently installed in the UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Forest Sciences Centre atrium. The installation was formally announced during a ceremony for the event. The canoe is one of four fibreglass replicas of the famous “Lootas” (or “wave-eater”), a traditional Haida canoe, carved by the late […]

The importance of Indigenous curriculum

The importance of Indigenous curriculum

August 24, 2016 – When Gord Downie recently told non-Indigenous Canadians that “we were trained our entire lives to ignore” northern Indigenous issues, indeed the peoples themselves, he wasn’t wrong. In its summary report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada addressed this intentional ignorance about the country’s use of residential schools to “indoctrinate [Indigenous] children into a […]

Aboriginal PhD student Dustin King receives Governor General’s Gold Medal

Aboriginal PhD student Dustin King receives Governor General’s Gold Medal

Decked in full academic regalia, Dustin King crossed the stage of UBC’s Chan Centre to accept his PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the Governor General’s Gold Medal for most outstanding academic record among UBC’s more than 300 doctoral recipients in all disciplines.

Musqueam post installed at UBC

Musqueam post installed at UBC

April 8, 2016 – The Musqueam people and the University of British Columbia acknowledged their developing partnership on April 6th with the dedication of a striking cedar post installed prominently on the Point Grey campus, which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Carved by talented Musqueam artist, Brent […]

Indigenous language and cultural knowledge preservation one byte at a time

Indigenous language and cultural knowledge preservation one byte at a time

UBC partners work with BC First Nations to enable digitization of valuable recordings June 20, 2014 – The prospect of First Nations in this province preserving and revitalizing their languages and cultures, including teaching their histories, and in some cases pressing their land claims, is being aided by a unique pilot program led by UBC […]

Professor Leonie Sandercock

UBC Launches New Indigenous Community Planning Masters Program

Providing indigenous communities greater knowledge, skills and capacity to plan their economic and community future will be the focus of a new masters program at the University of British Columbia…

Indigenous Foundations Erin Hanson UBC

FNSP Launches Indigenous Foundations Web Resource

The UBC First Nations Studies Program has launched a new online information resource on topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

Indigenous Faculty Duncan McCue

UBC launches ‘groundbreaking’ Aboriginal journalism course

Scholars and First Nations leaders are heralding a new course at the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism as a “groundbreaking” initiative in journalism education that promises to build stronger relationships between media and Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia.

UBC Professor Works with Community to Create Cross-Cultural Dialogue through Film

UBC Professor Works with Community to Create Cross-Cultural Dialogue through Film

Dr. Sandercock has worked in the field of planning for over thirty years and in 2007 was invited by the Cheslatta and Ts’il Kaz Koh (Burns Lake) Carrier Bands to explore the issues of community development and cultural division. [Video]